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Ask DSM Readers: Blinkies, Tearpads and Peelies Ethics

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 17, 2010 · 191 comments

Tearpads and PeeliesPhoto by Heidi Kennedy

Every week I'll pose a question for you to share your experiences and tips. If you have a question that you'd like me to post, I'd love to hear from you!

Recently, another Tara asked this question on the Deal Seeking Mom Facebook fan page:

"What's your position on blinkies & in-store tearpads? Do you think its okay to take a few to use at a later time or another store (for a better deal)? I do this sometimes. My thinking is that they are not store property because they are manufacture coupons."

She later added that she never takes peelies off one package to use on another but wonders if others do.

What about you? If there is a blinkie or a tearpad with coupons at one store, do you take a few to matchup with a better deal later on? Is there a limit to how many you think is okay to take? Does it matter how many are left? What about peelies? Do you ever take coupons off one product package to use on another?

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1 shannon June 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I never take a peelie from something I am not buying. I feel that is wrong. I think it is ok to take 1 or 2 from a blinkie or tear pad. I would not take a bunch especially if there is only a few left.

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2 Brittany June 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I would never take a peelie off an item if I wasn't planning on buying it. If I was going to buy that item and mine didn't have a peelie on and another did, I would just buy the other item.

As far as tear pads and blinkies, I would take maybe 3 max.

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3 Angel June 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I don't think it fair to take them off of packages but I do take extras from the dispensers & pads. Some I pass on to fellow couponers who I know use them. I've even had the lady putting up the pad give me an entire stack b/c I told her I swapped coupons w/ others. They want you to use them & expect you to take a few extras that why the expiration date is far off.

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4 Daniel June 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I completely agree with Shannon and Brittany. Peelies should only be taken off if you are buying that specific item, it's unfair to the person who intends to buy it if it's been taken.

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5 Jen June 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

What part of their comments did you not understand? They BOTH said they would NOT take a peelie from an item they were not buying. What's wrong with grabbing box B that has a peelie if box A is the same darn thing only it doesn't have a peelie? How is that remotely wrong/unethical?

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6 Jen June 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Uh oh. I need to apologize. I COMPLETELY misread that statement. I am SO sorry for my tirade.

I just tried for 30 minutes to get Cellfire's Cinderella coupon with no luck. Sorry. Not fair to take out frustration on you.

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7 kelly June 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I have taken peelies off other items if the one I wanted didnt have one on. Like the other day I wanted to Hillshire turkey but the ham had the coupon so I took a coupon off to get the turkey. I have also taken coupons off a tear pad to use later. My store hasnt had blinkie machines in a long long time...

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8 Carol K June 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I agree with the others--coupons put out in batches, it's OK to take a couple or three (but I never take more than one if it means I would take the last one), but peeling off packages, no.

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9 Deborah June 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I have taken 2 off a tear pad to use later when I knew of a deal coming from that store at a later date, but never off an item that i wasn't buying.

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10 Marianne June 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I would never remove a peelie from a product that I was not purchasing. If the item I am purchasing does not have a peelie but an identical one does, I would buy the one with the peelie on it. Blinkies and tearpads.. I have to say that I have taken these on items I have not purchased on that day but am planning on purchasing in the future and I have taken more than one--never more than 2 .

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11 Christina@BeFrugal.com June 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I agree with Shannon. I would never take a peelie off of a product I wasn't buying. If I was buying a product with a peelie, and the peelie was good for another product in the store, I would then be fine with taking it off and using it in the store the same day. I also don't think I would have a problem taking a coupon from one store and using it at another store. I don't think the coupons from a blinkie or a tear pad are necessarily meant to be used during that store trip. And as long as I'm making purchases at the store anyways, no one is losing out. I wouldn't spend a day hopping from store to store collecting coupons just to use at other stores. That would be highly inefficient and not worth the time, but taking a coupon here and there and using it at another store to save money is fine in my book. Thanks for bringing up the ethics of "couponing". I don't think I ever thought about it before.

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12 elle June 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I used to work for Smart Source, the company that puts up all those coupons, and take it from me - take as many as you want, we're just going to throw them out when we come in to "ad change" the store, plus, the less stuff that we had to take down the quicker we could get done. Imagine unscrewing and emptying all of those mechanical coupon machines to throw out the old coupons and then having them spill everywhere..

take as many as you want, your Smart Source employee will love you for it.

and as for the store that hasn't replaced the blinkie machines... their coupon merchandiser probably recently quit but someone will be in soon to change them and retrain a new employee.

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13 madmommy June 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Cool! Good to know, because I felt a little weird taking a few if I wasn't planning to use them right then, or even at that store. I figured, at least I'd be buying the product at some time, which is the whole point, correct? As for the peelies, they stay stuck until I get to the register, at which point I ALWAYS forget to peel them and hand them over! Oh well...

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14 Kristi June 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I'll usually take a 2 or 3 of the blinkie or tear pad coupons if there are plenty left and I know I'll use them at some point. On the peelies, I generally don't take them off if I'm not buying the product it's attached to, but I have done it a couple of times if the deal on another item was too good to pass up.

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15 Keri June 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I wouldn't take a peelie. Once I was buying Maxwell House coffee and they had coupon books (like $10 value) attached. I had to look through the shelves to find one that the coupons hadn't been taken from!

I do take blinkies and tearpads - usually not more than 2 or 3 - if I am pretty sure I'll use them later. While I wouldn't take the last five, I think its okay to take the last two. I mean someone has to take the last one, right?

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16 Sara June 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I have tried to use a peelie that was on a certain flavor of popcorn that I didn't like and it turned out bad...it kept taring! That was my bad experience and I won't do it again.

As for taking coupons off the tare pad...I would take up to 5 if there are a lot. And I generally shop at the same store, so nobody is missing out. And the experation is so far out that I'm pretty sure that the manufacturer does not necessarily intend for you to use it that day, however, they do want you to try their product and buy it often, which is why they put the coupon there in the first place. I feel no guilt about taking more than one, but generally it's for a product I would buy...I just rarely ever buy something that isn't already on sale. So I wait till that item goes on sale and then buy it with the coupons.

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17 Lauren June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Tearpads and blinkies are fair game in my mind. I 'coupon shop' at a store that I don't shop a lot at but has lots of blinkies :D

The peelies I don't take, I don't think it is fair. I've seen cases of piles of boxes ripped from people removing peelies! I will take them for another product in store that can be used with the coupon. It is still in store and still right there, so I don't have a problem with that.

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18 AC June 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I often take a few from tear pads for use at a later date. I will admit, although I think it IS wrong to take peelies from an item you're not buying, I have done it before. But only because I was at one store where I saw the product with them but used them for a deal at another store that I know didn't have the peelies. I don't make a habit of it and I do feel guilty when I do it. But I figure I'm buying the product regardless of where I'm buying it and that's why they put peelies on- It's an incentive.

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19 sue @ savethecoupons June 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

My biggest pet peeves for couponing is when I pick up a product that once had a peelie, and the peelie is gone. Its just not right.... the peelies are for the purchaser of that specific product to use, not for someone who just want the coupon. I never take peelies off a product that I am not buying!

Tear pads and blinkies are another story, they are put out in bulk for you to take and use whenever and where every you want. thats why the smart source peole in charge of the blinkie machines will give you a stack if you catch them:) One way I make it thru the grocery store with 3 kids and my sanity in tact is by having my kiddos play detective and scout out all the blinkie machines, they are allowed to take 3 of each coupon/ tear pad...unless its a product we dont like or use, then obviously, they leave them. Im fine with taking 3 sometimes even a few more if its close to expiration especially...many times I find tear pads with expired coupons on them too!

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20 Hilary June 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I will take a few off the tear pads, but I take more then three if I think it's going to make a good deal sometimes or when I know I used alot of that item. Like the other day there were $1 off 2 cokes at target so I only took 2 coupons but I didn't buy a soda. I saved it so when I'm broke and want a soda I can get it for cheap. But I'll never take a peelie off something I'm not buying. Well I might but it would have to be because it's a crazy deal and I can't pass it up. That hasn't happened yet.

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21 Tomoko June 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I take few blinkies and tearpads but never more than 3..

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22 Symone June 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Tear pads/blinkies, I have no problem taking several. And honestly, I don't think it is "wrong" to take peelies off of products either. A coupon is a coupon. I'm not going to lose any sleep over saving money as I'm sure neither is the manufacturer, as long as your still buying their product. JMHO : )

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23 Kim C June 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Well, I'll be the minority here. I HAVE taken peelies from things I wasn't purchasing that day. I don't do it often, however I don't necessarily see anything wrong with it. The way I see it, the majority of people don't use coupons, and sometimes even when there is a peelie people do not even use it! It ends up in the trash. The manufacturers put them there to be used, and if I'll use it at a later date and its a GREAT peelie, then I might take it. Trust me, I don't stand there and peel them off every package, I might take one or two. For instance, I was at a store just grabbing a couple of things, and I noticed that the Nabicso crackers ALL had $1 coupons on them. Every single box of every variety had a $1 off peelie. I grabbed 2 of them. Nabisco crackers were not on sale, so I didn't buy crackers that day. I don't really see anything wrong with that. Also, a few months ago Safeway had a great sale involving Kelloggs cereals, and some varieties had $1 off peelies. Even though I wasn't buying that variety, I used a couple of them because it was for ANY Kelloggs cereal.

Tearpads & blinkies I take a few. I would never take the whole pad or take a bunch, maybe 3 max.

Either way, whether its a peelie or a tearpad/blinkie, I always look at the expiration date and think to myself about whether or not I think I'll use it by then. If I don't think I will, I don't even take one.

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24 Katherine June 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Kim, I am one of your kind. I DO take peelies (2 is max for me) because 1) There are a lot of people out there who delibrately DO NOT use coupons. I have encountered lots of people who are against couponing either becuase they think the are like welfare (for people who can't afford to pay full price) or because they think that it hurts the manufacturers in an already down economy. SO...those coupons might go to waste. and 2) It does not affect EITHER the manufacturer OR the store to wait and use the coupon during a sale. The store gets their sale price which is set at a slightly lower profit margin but intended to move product, the manufacturer repays the face value of the coupon, and the consumer can stock up! Everybody wins!

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25 CB June 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Well, not everybody wins. When the peelie has been taken off of a product that I was going to buy, I don't win.

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26 Candice S June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I take peelies too, although usually only one or two on an item that I know I will buy but am waiting for a sale. I don't feel bad at all about this at all. I work as a cashier, and I ALWAYS see people buying items with peelies and 90% (I wish that were an exageration) of the people don't peel them off and they forget to use them. Most people don't pay attention to the boxes of what they buy, they see it is what they want and they just grab it and throw it in their cart. If the customer is pleasant and friendly I will ask them if they would like to use the coupon, and I will peel it for them, but every day there are tons of peelies that I don't say anything about and they get wasted. So I don't mind grabbing one or two because I know there is a high likelyhood that the coupon might not be used otherwise.

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27 Dawn June 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I don't take peelies from an item I don't intend to buy.. but I have taken a few peelies from items to use on the same item at a different store or in the same store at that time.
I look at it this way - the product is being bought and the coupon is being used, which is what has been intended. Many consumers don't even use the coupon; it gets overlooked or it's a $/2 and the consumer is only buying 1, so the coupon is then wasted. I can remember before I started couponing, peelies did not matter to me and I rarely bothered to peel the coupon and hand it to the cashier.
I don't do this often, but I don't see a problem doing so as long as the coupon is intended to be used soon thereafter.

As for tearpads/blinkies.. I take 1 - 3, depending on what it's for and sometimes a few more if it's a valuable coupon to me. I try to be considerate to others, but I think of myself at the same time.

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28 Nina June 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I agree with the 99% above, no peelies for me. I think it is lousy to take them when they are so obviously attached to the product. Would you tear off the "free" trial item attached? And we forget some of these folks resell and trade these coupons for theor own benefit.

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29 Symone June 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

No, that is STEALING. But taking a piece of paper off a box hardly comes close to stealing.

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30 Emily June 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Sometimes I peel a peelie to see what the deal is--when it's not specified on the visible portion. Then I leave it on/near the product if it's not something I can use.

I don't often see products with missing peelies, but I know it happens. What really got my goat, though, was the other day when I was shopping for a specific canned veggie item, and the only can of one particular variety had a missing coupon that had been cut out of the can's paper label.

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31 Ana June 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Whaat?? Who cuts a coupon off a can?? I would've been mad too.

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32 Karen O June 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I'm in the minority- not only will I take a couple extra tearpads orblinkies for a later sale; but, I will also take a few peelies for later sale. I won't take them all or even a lot; but, I will take them for products that I use and when I know I will use the Q.

I would NEVER take them to re-sell though and I have even put them back if the terms or exp date made them less desirable to hang onto (sometimes you can't read them without peeling them)

The exact same store and manufacturer are still getting my purchase- just on a different day when it makes a better deal.

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33 Karen O June 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

p.s. I will only take an extra peelie if I can do so without damaging the packaging. I have no desire to damage merchandise

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34 Jennifer E. June 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I agree with Symone. No need to stress over or get all irratated that a coupon is missing off of something, some people just take things to serious in life & that just might be one of them..I think people do these things more than they are willing to admit..thats just my opinion...

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35 Symone June 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Oh, ya, I'm sure most of the women posting here have done it and just don't want to confess.

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36 Karen June 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm

You are just trying to justify what you do by making that comment.

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37 Sharon June 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Taking more than one blinkie or tearpad is no different than the peelies. Your taking more than one that you don't plan to purchase at that time so when they run out, SOMEONE who would have bought that product loses out. The physical location of it is just splitting hairs but the results are the same. big deal, it's a coupon. I'll live if there are no more blinkies for chocolate chips

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38 nettie June 18, 2010 at 12:54 am

Very well said sharon...

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39 strandedj June 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I have peeled a peelie off for an item to use later if it is one I regularly use. I also have taken a few extra coupons from a blinkie or pull pad. I only take what I intend to use. I can see where someone might have a problem with a missing peelie but I rationalize it by thinking I have missed out before too.

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40 willnmollysmom June 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Once, I took a peelie from an item that I knew was going to be on sale the next day. It was the only one left. All of the others on the shelf had been removed from the product. I felt like an absolute heel for doing it even though I did go buy the product later, and I got one that a peelie had been removed from.

I think blinkies and tearpads are there to be used, so I usually take 2 or 3 so that I can share with a couponing friend. One of my local stores is a blinkie gold mine, but the items are on sale more often at another store. I don't have any problem taking them from one store to use at another.

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41 Ruth June 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

The only time I take more than 2 blinkies is when someone has pulled them out already and laid them on top of the machine. I will take a couple from a tearpad, and rarely take a peelie. On the the rare ocassion that I do, I don't feel bad about it. Many times I have left a coupon I printed or cut out and left it on the product at the store because I knew I wouldn't use and at least someone else might get use from it.

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42 Dee Dee June 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I won't pull a peelie off an item if I'm not using it then, but if there is a tear pad, I will take 2 max for later use with a BOGO deal. I don't know why I feel there is a difference, but I do.

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43 Sue Rogers June 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I definitely will not take off a peelie on a product I do not intend to buy. In my opinion they are there for the person who will be purchasing that product. And yes, that means that some of them will not be used, and I am okay with that. If every couponer only took a few, we would wipe out every product in no time. In my store, the cashiers take them off as you check out, so I would say that most get used. As for tear pads and blinkies, I would feel comfortable taking up to three.

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44 Marion June 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I wouldn't take a peelie, but yes to extras on tear pads and blinkies! I intend to use the extras, so I think it's ok, even if it's at another store--they are MFG. coups! and if I don't think I can use it, I leave it next to the items for someone else to get the benefit. ;)

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45 Ana June 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I will usually take 2 off a tearpad or blinkie, but not off the product. Then again, I rarely see peelies, so I guess the temptation isn't there to begin with.

I agree with those above.. while I personally don't think it's necessarily right to take a peelie, I don't get worked up over it if I see one missing. I never count on getting a peelie with a product, so I consider it a surprise when I get one.

But.... if I were to see someone crouched down on the floor with all the boxes pulled out taking the peelies off everything, I might just bump them with my cart ; )

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46 Symone June 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm

As you should....LOL! But seriously taking a few peelies is different than a person "crouched down on the floor with all the boxes pulled out taking the peelies off everything".

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47 Amy June 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Actually, if there is a peelie on an item, and you take it off and don't purchase that particular item, you're basically stealing. You can't rationalize grabbing an extra peelie or two or three (...) by saying that "Some people don't even use coupons," because, as others have stated and as we have probably all seen, there are more and more of us "couponers," and we DO run into the problem of not finding any products left with peelies still on them, so you are actually preventing other (honest) people from being able to use the coupons on products that they are ACTUALLY buying from that store, right then. Do you also tear labels off of products just randomly throughout the store? Do you take a "free item with purchase" out of the container to go with another similar/same product that doesn't have a "free item with purchase" attached to it? No. Same difference. You are stealing.

As for tearpads and blinkies, they are obviously not part of a product, so taking 2 or 3 max is probably OK if they seem to have a good supply available.

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48 madmommy June 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I agree. It's very frustrating to see peelies missing from a product. And if the peelie is on one product and I want the other? Too bad for me, it's not worth it to "take" it from another shopper. Leave them be, use them for what they're attached to, so the rest of us have a fair chance at a good deal. It's right up there with my "don't clear the shelf" rule. Just my opinion.

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49 CB June 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I agree. Even if you are using the peelies for your own personal stockpile and not selling them, they are attached to that specific product and should be taken off only if you are planning to purchase the product that it is attached to.

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50 McMartha June 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

This caught my attention as I just did this last week and thought later, "was I wrong to do that?".

I was buying something and there were 5 different "kinds" and 4 of them had $1.00 peelies, but NOT the ONE KIND I had on my list (and did not have a coupon for). So I took one off another pagckag and used it for my item I was purchasing.

Was it wrong, I guess that's up for grabs on here, but I do agree that a MAJORITY of people, in our town specifically, do not use coupons (and "snub" the ones that do), so I figure there were plenty of ones with coupons left for the minority of us that use coupons to have.

I have purchased diapers however when there was a good coupon book attached at one point and it was gone. I guess it didn't phase me too much at the time because I wasn't couponing much then. I guess if it had, I would have looked for another package.

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51 McMartha June 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Oh, and as for blinkies and such, I usually take 3-5 depending on what it is, how many are left, and when the expiration date was. I wouldn't take any unless I knew I'd be buying that product eventually. If I end up with more than I need, I swap them at our MOMS Club Coupon Swap!

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52 Amanda June 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I recently grabbed a stack of BOGOs for gum off a tearpad so I could purchase enough packs to treat all of my students, and then used them at another store that was running a sale. I guess some would criticize me for taking more than my fair share now and then. My first thought was, as long as you are actually using them then good for you. If you (or your kids) are tearing them off and eventually throwing them into the trash then shame on you :)

I coupon HONESTLY and have happily donated/gifted much of what I get for free/cheap. I am also the girl who cuts coupons for things I don't purchase, and drops them in the lounge at work, or even next to the products on store shelves. So if I snag a stack of blinkies to match up with a screamin deal on occassion, know that I will sleep just fine at night.

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53 Shannon Flora June 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

As far as the coupon blinkers i take a few,3 at the most.I see no problem with that,with peelies-thats another story,and this is just my opinion and im not judging anyone.I feel if i take a peelie off an item then i must buy that item.Just to take it off with out purchasing the item id feel like i was stealing.

I was gonna take a peelie one day but i paused because i felt like a shoplifter!! I just have a concious about it.
But i get soooo irritated when i go to purchase a item that has a missing peelie.It happen 2 days ago,kraft mac-n-cheese buy 2 and get free bbq sauce,,all the peelies were gone off each box,i purchased the mac-n-cheese and never was able to get my free sauce,to me thats not good.
Just my 2 sence.
oh and tearpads,i take them but i dont take over 3-5.

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54 Dawn June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I don't think it's fair to compare free trial products and parts OF a label to peelable coupons. More often than not, the coupon is meant to be peeled off the item right there in the store and used (right then or on a later purchase is obviously debatable), whereas labels and secured free items are meant to be removed after purchasing the item. Taking something meant to be purchased before purchasing the item is stealing. Taking something meant to be taken prior to purchasing the item is not stealing, IMO.

If the store and/or manufacturer's did not want folks to take the coupon without intentions of using it RIGHT THEN, then I would expect to see a notice, whether in store on the coupon which stated so. Never have I seen such a notice.

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55 Karen O June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Actually- I have seen that notice- on Kashi entrees, it stated "Peelie only valid if removed by cashier" I figure taht if manufacturers did not want people to take peelies for a purchase on a different day, they would instead make the coupon part of the packaging, put the Q IN the pkg, or put the same verbiage I just mentioned on the peelie.

I have pretty much decided that as long as I am not taking a gazillion peelies or selling them, I can sleep at night knowing that I hae taken 1 or 2 to use with a good sale :P

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56 Dawn June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Right - like the coupons you find printed on the inside of the box, or directly onto the label. I'm not going to go in to the store with a razor or scissors just to remove the coupons - THAT is destruction of property that is not legally yours and completely wrong, IMO. The manufacturer obviously wants you to purchase the product and gives you an incentive to purchase the product again at a later date.

Manufacturers know that peelies are going to be removed by consumers who plan to purchase the item then or later. If it was a concern, they wouldn't use that method so much. But they do for several reasons;
- Coupons are like advertising, business cards in a way - they get dropped, thrown away, traded, given, left at registers, act as a reminder of a product, etc. etc.
- Much like rebates, it's an incentive to buy the item, and I'm sure they rely on the non-coupon savvy people to "forget" about the peelie while still purchasing the product.

It's not about stealing a coupon - it's about concern for other coupon using people. But let's not forget - there are many who do NOT use coupons. My friend lives in an area that does not harbor coupon users. Peelies, pads, blinkies, etc. are often left virtually untouched compared to high-coupon user areas. In her situation, NOT taking the peelies, etc. is actually doing more harm than good to both the store and manufacturer because without those coupons, she would not purchase such large amounts of the items.

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57 natasha June 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Blinkies are fair game....as long as you dont take the entire machine home with you.....I only normally get 3 - 5 blinkies because I dont want to wait 5 million years for the next to pop out. Tearpads I read the coupon, if it is one I will use or one of my friends I trade with will use I will take 3-5.... If not I dont even bother taking it. Peelies I believe should only be taken if you are buying the product....however if there is a peelie on say blueberry flavor and not one on chocolate and the peelie says good on any flavor I will remove it from the blueberry so I can purchase the chocolate.

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58 kristen June 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I have taken peelies, but I also leave coupons I'm not going to use by items.

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59 kirsten June 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

The other day i bought two packages of maxi pads that had peelies on them. Both were for $1.00 off. But since I had a $2. off coupon in my coupon organizer, that was about to expire , I used one of the peelies and the $2 coupon and saved the other peelie for another time. I Dn't take peelies off of packages unless I am buying them . I have however been know to take a couple of extra coupons from the store tear pads and save them for a later time. I don't think there's anything wrong with taking a few extra if you know you'll use them and you don't go crazy and take too many.

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60 Hita June 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

There were Try Me Free Peelies on shampoos and the variety of shampoo I wanted for "thin hair" was out of stock so I took one from another variety next to it on the shelf and bought my shampoo a few days later when it was restocked (WITHOUT the peelies!!) . Stealing ??? Shoplifting??? I don't think so. Just common sense. Those of you that are preaching with "I WOULD NEVER" might have done the same thing. I left the store feeling like a smart shopper taking advantage of a good deal...not a thief.

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61 Melissa June 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

It never even crossed my mind to take a peelie for later use.... with that being said I have "swapped" peelies (for example, the original cheez its was missing it's peelie, and the low fat still had the peelie on, I would take the lowfat one, but purchase the regular) nothing wrong with that- and yes, the pads of coupons are for consumers who will use them, I will take as many $2 off cheezit coupons as I think i would use by the experation date (as long as the stack is full

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62 Catherine June 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Yesterday while at CVS, I was lucky enough to find a save $5 now peelie on the listerine whitestrips I was buying for my mom. It was the only one left and it gave me 3 ECB. But sadly someone had stolen the strips inside. Didn't even know until we went back home.
I think 3 is a good imit on the tearpad coupon.

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63 Bonnie July 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Why 3? If I am going to use 10 coupons to buy 10 of their product, why is that bad. I can understand not clearing the pad, but there are usually plenty to take, even multiple pads most times. I am a big fan of finding great drink peelies at convenience and gas stations and using them at the grocery stores where they double. If I am going to drink and use 10 gatorades, why wouldn't I try to find 10 coupons, I'm trying to save money, isn't that the point. I know that manufacturer's are trying to push their products and get people to try new things, but these blogs and shopping with coupons the way we do, that's saving money, not trying new things!

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64 Sharon June 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I can only think of one product I have ever used that even HAD a peelie on it. Perhaps it's just me, My brands never seem to offer peelies in the first place. I've taken a few blinkies but again, i rarely see a blinkie for a product I buy. I do take a few of the bottle neck coupons. The ones placed on the neck of the bottle of soda or juice. I buy those things and maybe not get them that particular visit but future visits. Most people just tear it off andthrow it away anyway

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65 jennifer June 17, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Blinkies, tear-pads, peelies, hang-tags - they are all put there by the manufacturer to be used by the consumer, either now or later - I take and use them all!

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66 Hita June 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

well said!

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67 madmommy June 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Found this link while searching on the legality of removing peelies...you all have really made me think about this topic. I agree with the manufacturer in this article...

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68 madmommy June 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm
69 Candice S June 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

That is only one perspective though. My SO works for Pepsi as a Salesrep; and when stocking product they often have stickers to stick to product as they fill. My Brother does the same thing for Frito, and often they give him rolls of stickers. The peelies are always given to them to entice the customer to buy product, and they are encouraged to encourage customers to take them. I have seen my SO and other Pepsi reps even have customers take a peelie off of a box of crush (and the peelie said "good on purchase of two crush") and tell them to use it on their purchase of DrPepper or Pepsi (their coupons work the same no matter the flavor). For the Salesreps and Merchandisers I know, the peelies are to get people to buy product and help create a good feeling that will leave the customer coming back, and they don't care if they are used on the product they stick them on or another.

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70 Emma June 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I take extra blinkies to use at a later date (usually at the same store though), and my 2 year old gets a kick out of looking for the blinkies and pulling a coupon!

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71 Constance June 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I don't take peelies off one item to use on another. But tear pads and blinkies are "first come first serve" in my book. The manufacturers WANT you to use them, and they couldn't care less what store you use them at as long as you buy thier product! If I stumble onto a great deal, I'm going to take it, and if I don't use them, I will leave them on a stores' shelf for someone else to find b4 they expire. It's nice to be nice, but I'm not going to lose out on a super deal.... that's why I coupon to begin with.

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72 Caroline June 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I actually thought you couldn't use a peelie on a different package than the one it's on. Apparently I'm naive! I take a couple of blinkies when I see good ones. My Kroger has very few so it's pretty much a moot point. My biggest pet peeve and I've really only noticed it at CVS is when people peel back or take off completely the Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards stickers. Then the purchaser can't use it! Frustrates me every time I see it!

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73 Candice S June 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I never use those because I am not a mom! I do have a few codes though from some wipes I bought, if you would like the codes I can message them to you :)

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74 Caroline June 18, 2010 at 8:41 am

I'd love them! caba324@hotmail.com

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75 Candice S June 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I sent these to you :)

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